Ken Chan plays a challenging role that has Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder in MY SPECIAL TATAY

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Beginning September 3, witness how a father’s love for his child conquers life’s challenges in GMA Network’s newest afternoon program, My Special Tatay.

This original series is headlined by one of the most talented actors in the Kapuso Station, Ken Chan, who is all set to make another mark on the small screen as he tackles one of his toughest roles to date as Boyet, a man with Mild Intellectual Disability with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ken Chan was present during the Pilot Viewing of "My Special Tatay" with selected Bloggers.
He was very excited and nervous all at the same time to watch it since according to him, he haven't watch it yet.

Ken Chan shared that this is the hardest and most challenging role that he ever did even compared to Destiny Rose but it was a dream come true for him to finally portray a role that has an intellectual disability because at the same time he can also share awareness about this sensitive matter, not everyone knows how to handle it or have knowledge regarding the said disability but with this teleserye, viewers will get first hand experience on the journey of "Boyet" who has a Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder and how his life will evolve with the people around him and the community.

Ken feels grateful to GMA 7 for entrusting him this extraordinary project and promises to prepare and work hard for this. He was the only actor chosen for the role simply because according to the management, only a very good actor can give justice to the role of "Boyet" and Ken Chan can very well deliver this one of a kind role. 

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa GMA dahil ipinagkatiwala sa akin ang proyektong ito. Sobra po akong excited dahil nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon na gampanan ang isa na namang napakagandang karakter. Mas doble ang kaba ko for this show dahil kailangan nating ipaintindi sa viewers kung ano ba talaga ang pinagdaraanan ng mga taong may intellectual disability,” said Ken.

Aside from acting workshops, the talented Kapuso actor together with the production and creative teams of the soap underwent immersion to experience and understand better the condition of people with mild intellectual disability with mild autism spectrum disorder.

Playing significant roles are respected actors and actresses: Jestoni Alarcon as Edgar Villaroman, the rich father of Boyet; Teresa Loyzaga as Olivia Salcedo-Villaroman, the domineering wife of Edgar; Carmen Soriano as Soledad Villaroman, the conservative yet empowered mother of Edgar and grandmother of Boyet; Lilet as Isay, the caring mother of Boyet; Candy Pangilinan as Chona Mariano, the cousin of Isay.

Also featuring in special guest roles are the following: Matt Evans as young Edgar; Empress Schuck as young Isay; Valeen Montenegro as young Olivia; Ashley Rivera as young Chona.

Joining them in this endearing project are multi-talented artists: Arra San Agustin as Carol Flores, the best friend of Boyet; Rita Daniela as Audrey Palomares, a childhood friend of Boyet; Jillian Ward as Odette Villaroman, the daughter of Edgar and Olivia; Bruno Gabriel as Orville Villaroman, the son of Edgar and Olivia; JK Giducos as Dekdek, the best friend of Boyet.

Despite his limitations and the judgment of the people around him, Boyet, who is lovingly raised by his single mother Isay (Lilet), grew up as a kind-hearted man with a positive outlook in life. His life turns upside down when he finds out that he has a child. How will he survive the challenges of the world while being a good father?

Behind this engrossing drama is the creative team composed of Creative director Roy Iglesias; Concept creator and Headwriter Agnes Uligan; Creative Head for Afternoon Prime Block Aloy Adlawan; Writers Patrick Louie Lim Ilagan, Renei Patricia Dimla, Loi Argel R. Nova; Brainstormers Liberty Trinidad, Nehemiarey Debad Dallego.

The program is another original creation of the GMA Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Redgie Acuña-Magno; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; and Program Manager Anthony Pastorpide.

Under the helm of Director LA Madridejos together with second unit director Conrado Peru, don’t miss the heart-warming story of My Special Tatay beginning September 3 on GMA Afternoon Prime.

Check out the trailer of "My Special Tatay"

Check out the OST of "My Special Tatay" - "Kahit Man Lang Sa Pangarap" 
by Rita Daniela

Get the latest updates about My Special Tatay from the official Facebook page of GMA Drama, Twitter account @GMADrama and the GMA Network website

Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit

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